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September 03, 2013

e-Ghana Phase 1 Project Kicks off with New Teleconferencing Facility

By Mini Swamy
TMCnet Contributor

The Ghana government is going hi-tech, and as part of the e-Ghana phase 1 project, the Chief Justice – Her Ladyship Justice Georgina Theodora Wood -- inaugurated a telepresence video conferencing facility in Accra, giving a boost to the justice department at the Supreme Court building.

The teleconferencing facility, championed by the Ministry of Communications and implemented by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), will help develop and expand ICT products and services, making inter-governmental communication more efficient and also delivering government services to the public.

Dr Omane Boamah, Minister for Communications, was delighted at acquiring the facility and observed that it would help enhance the administrative work of the justice department and also reduce transportation costs that are normally incurred when staff fly out for training programs.

Further, the judicial service would be well positioned to take evidence and testimonies remotely from witnesses that were living abroad. Justices of the higher courts who hear cases will also be able to deliver their judgments remotely.

Wood expressed her gratitude to Haruna Iddrisu, the outgoing communications Minister, Boamah and also to Professor Jonas Amoapim, deputy director-general of NITA, for the roles they played to ensure that the e-Ghana phase 1 project was on track.

Wood also observed that NITA would work along with Huawei (News - Alert) Technologies to set up three additional telepresence video conferencing units at the judicial service stations in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale respectively, within the course of the year and also the set up of additional courts of appeal in Kumasi, Cape Coast, Koforidua and Tamale.

These moves will go a long way toward enabling communications to reach the whole nation. It will also see courts working four days a week and delivering judgment on the fifth day.

This appears to be the beginning of the big plans that Boamah has for the e-Ghana project. In the next stage, more money will be allocated to the judicial service, Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General to ensure better adjudication of cases in the country. All this will pave the way for a virtual courtroom setting for the judicial service.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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